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Mets Morning News: Mets remain in touch with Cespedes, keeping tabs on Tommy Hunter

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Your Thursday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Although the odds of re-signing him remain low, the Mets reportedly are remaining in contact with Yoenis Cespedes. However, they would only sign him at a bargain cost.

The Mets are reportedly keeping tabs on reliever Tommy Hunter. However, the team is said to be interested in only one-year deals for relievers, while Hunter is seeking a multi-year deal.

Former Mets outfielder John Mayberry Jr. signed a minor league deal with the Tigers. Mayberry signed with the Mets before the 2015 season as right-handed bench piece, but he was released after hitting just .162/.227/.318.

Around the NL East

The Nationals avoided arbitration with catcher Wilson Ramos by agreeing to a one-year deal. The 28-year-old will receive $5.35 million in 2016.

The Phillies avoided arbitration with Freddy Galvis. The deal is for one year and $2 million.

The Braves are one of many teams interested in Yoenis Cespedes. However, like the Mets, they likely would not meet his demands.

Around MLB

The Royals are reportedly talking to both Yovani Gallardo and Ian Kennedy. Both players turned down qualifying offers and would therefore cost the Royals a draft pick to sign.

The Padres and Astros will play spring training games in Mexico this year. The games are a part of MLB's efforts to generate more international interest in baseball.

Former top prospect Tony Sanchez was released by the Pirates after being designated for assignment and passing through waivers unclaimed. Sanchez, a catcher, was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Boston College.

Free agent reliever Carlos Villanueva signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Padres. Villanueva spent 2015 with the Cardinals and had a 2.95 ERA.

This Date in Mets History

Today is former Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey's birthday. Big Pelf, who turns 32, was drafted ninth overall in 2005 but ultimately never developed into the top starter the Mets had hoped he would.